Spark your heart and mind through meditation

The Seattle Shambhala Meditation Center is a vibrant community with a warm approach to the study and practice of meditation. We provide instruction in mindfulness-awareness meditation for beginners and for experienced practitioners, a diverse variety of evening and weekend programs and group meditation sessions. For a listing of all sittings, programs and events check out the monthly calendar. We offer tools to help discover greater compassion, confidence, wisdom and joy in our day-to-day life.

Our Center is located in the Madison valley neighborhood of Seattle.

You are warmly invited to join us!

Regular Offerings

Open Meditation

Sunday Morning Open House Every Sunday, sitting, facilitated dharma discussion. Open to all. Beginning meditation instruction available (in person).

  • Second Sundays (in-person): Jinpa Solidarity Sit: Cultivating Mindfulness & Compassion for Engaged Action


Thursday Evening Open House Join us each Thursday evening for sitting, dharma talk or facilitated discussion. Open to all. Beginning meditation instruction available (in person).

Tuesday Evening Open House – Every Tuesday evening, Open to all. (online only).

Learn to Meditate – Once a month on a Saturday morning (in person).

Featured Programs

From Ikebana to Buddhist study to Way of Shambhala classes to retreats, Seattle Shambhala Center hosts a rich array of programs. Check out the Program Page for a full list of upcoming events.


Heart of Recovery – Every Wednesday evening (in person and online).

Contemplative Creativity Lab – Second Saturday morning of the month (online).

Compassion for Ukraine: Daily Tonglen – Every morning (Hosted by Ukraine Tonglen – online).

Please check the program listings and the monthly calendar for the most up to date information about our programming.

We depend on your support to bring you open house programs, classes, and other offerings at the Seattle Shambhala Center. Please consider donating or volunteering. Even a small donation is a big help. Thank you!


Getting Started:

There are many ways to get acquainted with Shambhala Buddhism and the people at the Seattle Center.  Join us for an Open House with meditation instruction, a dharma discussion and social time on Sunday mornings or a Learn to Meditate class. More →

Pema Chodron

Pema Chödrön is one of the most prominent Buddhist teachers in the West. She is widely known for her charming and down-to-earth teachings. She is an ordained nun and acclaimed author. More →

What is Shambhala?

Shambhala is an international community of urban meditation and rural retreat centers founded by the Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Learn about our vision, lineage & community.

Meditation in Action & Volunteering

There may come a point when you feel the richness of our community as well as your own expanding openness and sense of connection. Meditation in Action is a form of practice off the cushion. Our daily lives, our family, jobs, and our center offer us countless opportunities to practice our awareness, mindfulness and generosity off the cushion. To explore this further as well as to find out about volunteer opportunities at the center and in our community with Seattle Shambhala, take a small leap and Click here →


The Seattle Shambhala Meditation Center is a member supported organization. Membership is a way to express appreciation for what Shambhala provides and help make it available to others. Learn more about getting involved.


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